Originally Posted by CarvingFan
You talked about carved turns and in the crossunder part you underlined it's necessary to pivot the skis. I understand carving as using the parabolic shape of the ski and LET THE SKI make the turn instead of forcing the turn on the snow. I even would avoid any pivoting to get a carved turn 'cause I don't want to have a any (visible) skidding.
Skiers need to realise that carving is not a major part of expert skiing, just something that has to be mastered to be used when needed. It seems to be the Holy Grail right now, mainly becaue with the new skis it's become possible for lower skilled skiers to do.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with controlled drifting the skis, tips, tails or all of the skis, it only becomes skidding if it is not intended and thus not controlled. Good skiers often start a turn with a drift, then edge into a carve and may even revert to a drift near the end only to do a hard edge set at the start of the next turn and rebound in order to do a cross/under while so lightened.
the desire to carve all the time reminds me of 60s when we taught the Austrian parallel technique and admonished our student not to allow any daylight to show between their legs, we used to say that they needed to hold a dollar bill between their knees and if they lost it we were right behind them to pick it up, that was the Holy Grail of parallel skiing and skiers really thought that skiing like that made them experts.
If you watch a true expert skier nowadays, he skis with ease in narrow or wide stance, cross/under or over, on the uphill or downhill ski, often rotates or counter rotates, up- or down unweights or no unweighting at all, converging or deverging tips, carves or/and drifts at will which ammounts to superior edge control, and much more but all the time realises that the skis are just a tool that deflect him into the direction he desires to go.
What doesn't change in an expert's skiing is the balance point, as it is called, not too forward, not to far back, inside or out, no matter if he is high or low on the skis, which is constantly flactuating. He can and he does at times intentionally drive forward or shift back but knows how to regain neutral balance when desired.
To become a truly advanced skier one must strive to get rid of the unintended results and manage the intended actions well without sticking to a mantra of only carving or etc. Do what the conditions, the terrain and your intentions dictate.